By Selina Rapulane 16 Oct 2020
Staff and students at the VUT Science Park celebrating Cancer Awareness week
The Vaal University of Technology’s Protection Service Department in partnership with The HIV Unit, and Wellness Centre is celebrating Cancer Awareness Week from the 12 to 16 October 2019.
The celebration kicked off at the Vanderbijlpark Campus on Monday, 12 October then moved to Vaal University of Technology Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park (VUTSGSTP) the following day, 13 October.
The department had planned to have a big celebration, but because of the pandemic that the world is facing, they had to follow COVID 19 regulations. Though their plan had changed a bit, their efforts to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of cancer through education on symptoms and treatment, prevailed.
“Cancer is a very serious disease affecting a lot of people. Cancer Awareness Month signifies the importance of early detection through regular screening. My advice is that people should not take the diagnosis lightly because if they do not take care of themselves, they will end up at a stage where the possibilities of cure are limited. Precautions and measures must be taken at an early stage for improved treatment outcomes. The sooner the better”, said Ms Machabaku Sekhoto, Security Liaison: VUT Protection Services Department.
She thanked all the partners, including the peer helpers from Project and services, that lent a helping hand in making the event a success, as well as everyone who supported it. “To Mr Hendrik Van Der Merwe: Operations Manager, and Ms Kediemetse Mokotsi: Director Marketing and Public Relations, I thank you for your personal contributions and the support you have given us as a department, that prides itself with providing a safe and healthy environment to VUT community. It really means a lot as we were able to make a difference”.
Pink ribbons were tied around trees in the premises and given to all staff members to put on as a symbol of unity during this week of Pink October.